Above: Chef Lonnie Zoeller’s gorgeous cooking at Vinoteca in Washington D.C. is as passionate as it is focused and precise (image via the Vinoteca website).
It used to be the U Street in Washington D.C. was known for a handful of cool rock clubs, a smattering of delicious authentic African-cuisine restaurants, and the American culinary landmark, Ben’s Chili Bowl, where Washingtonians as well as tourists regularly gathered for chili cheese fries and chili dogs (often in the wee hours of the night.
Today, the allure of U Street continues to grow as more and more high-concept, hip restaurants have appeared there.
One such destination in Chef Lonnie Zoeller’s Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro. Just check out the food photography on his site: it’s easy to gauge how passionate he is about his cooking ability, which he honed during a stage at Els Casals in Spain (a restaurant that the Financial Times called “magical” earlier this year).
The focused wine list at Vinoteca is full of little by-the-glass gems that would impress wine professionals from any corner of the world.
We were thrilled to discover that Cantele Negroamaro is one of them.